Her Journey Podcast

Her Journey is a new addition to Self-care Support, emphasizing the inspirational stories of powerful women. We give these individuals a platform to share their messages and experiences with others, hosted by the founder and executive director, Allene Yue.





Her Journey Teaser

Allene, founder and executive director of Self-care Support, is hosting a new podcast for her organization! Stay tuned to listen to the amazing stories of inspirational women across the world; learn about both their impact, and how they managed to get to where they are now!

Episode 1: Changing the World of Politics ft. Jackie Bueno

Jackie Bueno is the proud daughter of immigrant parents from Nicaragua and the Philippines. Jackie is a Cal graduate and the Founder of Empower to Change (e2c). Jackie's love of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) led her to  initially start her professional career working in digital politics  after graduating from Cal. Jackie first worked at a Democratic Super PAC, then worked in Congress for a first-term  Congressman from Chicago. Through this experience, Jackie switched her career to tech to become more well-rounded as a young  professional and pursue her


interests in the intersection of politics  and tech. Jackie currently works in tech sales covering government accounts in her territory. Jackie's aim is to address issues of DEI in the tech space when she's not running e2c. In today's episode, host Allene Yue interviews Jackie Bueno about her experiences in the political and technological world at an early age. Listen to Jackie talk about her journey, graduating from UC Berkeley, moving to Washington D.C., and then moving back to California, and hear about how her incredible experiences and fascinating jobs led her to found Empower to Change.

Episode 2: Empowering Women in STEM ft. Chahak Pahwa

Chahak Pahwa is the founder and president of  GirlSTEMpowered- an international youth organization that aims to  encourage interest in STEM amongst high school girls. Since the inception of the organization, she has built a team of over 70  enthusiastic girls from 5 countries across the globe. As of now, GirlSTEMpowered has curated content on several modern STEM concepts,  from neuroplasticity to dark matter, in ways that appeal to the  interests of young girls, organized webinars that allow girls to network with women pursuing college degrees and careers in STEM, and recognized


female scientists and entrepreneurs that have shattered glass ceilings  in their fields! Besides her passion for empowering girls to pursue STEM, she is an avid writer. She was awarded the Hindustan Times Scholarship in 2016 and was recognized as one of the brightest young minds in the city. 

In today's episode, host Allene Yue interviews Chahak Pahwa, the founder of GirlSTEMpowered, all the way from India. Hear us discuss imposter syndrome faced by women everywhere, along with the importance of building community and combining STEM with various other fields. Learn about Chahak's story in founding her organization, her interest in the life sciences, and find out what she has planned for the future!

Episode 3: The Power of Storytelling ft. Shailee Sankhala

Shailee Sankhala is the founder and president of Crossroads Initiative. Stemming from her passion for  storytelling and mental health advocacy, she created Crossroads as a way  to give teenagers the opportunity of self expression. Through this  organization, she hopes to decrease the mental health stigma by  appreciating the unnoticed mental struggles that people face in their lives. Outside of Crossroads Initiative, she is also a  filmmaker in her school’s broadcast, where she continues to pursue her  love for storytelling. Join Shailee and Allene's conversation about the struggles of

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mental health among high school students in a competitive atmosphere, and hear us tackle the topic of prioritizing mental health over academics or extracurriculars. Listen to how Shailee founded Crossroads Initiative and how she's been using the power of storytelling to spread mental health awareness everywhere.

Episode 4: Building a Community for Girls ft. Naama Barnea-Goraly

Naama Barnea-Goraly M.D. received her medical degree from the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in  Jerusalem, Israel, and her clinical training in Child and Adolescent  Psychiatry as well as a post-doctoral neuroimaging research fellowship  at Stanford University. She then went on to work as an Instructor and  brain researcher at Stanford. Her research, on brain structure in  disorders affecting social cognition, was published extensively in  leading psychiatric and neuroscience journals, and presented in  international conferences.


In the course of her work she became  interested in gender differences in social cognition, gender equality,  and the importance of supportive authentic communities, especially for  girls and women. This led her out of the lab and into the real world to  found “Girltelligence”, a girl empowerment app for teen girls and young  women to find a supportive community and resources to support their  mental health and reach their full potential.

This episode, we're talking with Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, a current psychiatrist, a former researcher and mentor at Stanford University, and a co-founder of Girltelligence. Listen to us discuss the importance and wonders of research, along with the gender inequities throughout the world. Hear Dr. Naama talk about her personal experience and challenges with being a woman in STEM, along with her journey in building a community for girls through Girltelligence. 

Episode 5: Tackling College Applications ft. Dyllen Nellis

Dyllen Nellis is a visual artist and performer studying Art Practice and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. She works across multiple disciplines ranging from traditional, digital, and experimental media, to musical theatre, dance, and singing/songwriting. In addition to her interest in art and tech, she is passionate about making college application strategies more accessible for students. As a college consultant, she creates educational content on YouTube, works individually with students, and has launched a comprehensive online college essay course at CollegeEssayAdvice.com.


In this episode, Dyllen talks about her incredible background in various forms of art, along with her personal journey of tackling her college applications. Accepted at 8/8 of the schools she's applied to, including Stanford, NYU, and USC, listen to how her experiences led her to create a YouTube channel and business dedicated to helping others succeed in that same process.

Episode 6: Changing the Status Quo ft. Bethany Huang

Currently a student at the University of California, Irvine, Bethany is a political science and music double major. Bethany recently ran for Irvine Unified School District Board of Education in  the 2020 general elections, making her the youngest candidate to ever  run for that position. She also started playing the piano at the age of  6, and recently appeared on the 2020 Graduate Together Show, hosted by Lebron James and featuring appearances from President Barack Obama. She  has also been featured on news networks such as CBS and KCAL-9. Bethany performed as an exhibitor


guest for the Pearl River Piano Group at the National Association of Music Merchants Show, and  was named an Orange  County Register Artist of the Year semifinalist.

Hear us talk about mental health struggles throughout high school, along with the stress of college applications and being a young leader. Listen to how Bethany's passion for music, in addition to her incredible persistence and determination, helped her through the challenges she faced.

Episode 7: Overcoming Abuse ft. Kaitlyn Vail

Kaitlyn is the founder of Supporting Smiles, which is a mental health based organization based around the awareness and education of mental health and its surrounding topics. Her reason for starting her organization came from her own mental health journey and narcissistic/emotional abuse. Her father abused her mentally and emotionally for a couple of years and after almost 2 years, she got the courage to leave and not stay with him again. After she left, she spent a year trying to find herself and grow herself mentally until about a year later when he started contacting her. From


April-June 2020, he was contacting her and things were going downhill, until her mother started to notice, leading her to go back to counseling.


In late June, she came up with the idea of her organization and ran it past her counselor and she loved it! Her organization helped her cope while researching and educating on different aspects of mental health. That brings her to now, where she is still venturing through her personal growth journey and loves her organization, team, and the projects they are working on, and she is still completely surprised about how much they grew in little time.

In today's episode, we cover different, heavier types of topics, focusing on abuse, the stigma around therapy and mental health, and how Kaitlyn managed to use Supporting Smiles as a way to overcome these struggles.

Episode 8: Living Authentically ft. Hailey Rodgers

Hailey Rodgers is an author, blogger, podcaster, and an aspiring life coach and entrepreneur. She published her first book, See Me: Becoming Your Authentic Self, in 2019. See Me is a self-help book geared towards young adults and it aims to inspire readers to live an authentic life. She is excited to publish my second book in December 2021. Furthermore, she launched her podcast, See Me Show, in 2020 which promotes the same message. She is also the current Co-President of a charity called Step Above Stigma (SAS). Their goal is to improve the accessibility of mental health care across


Canada. Through all of their fundraisers, 100% of the profits will go to mental health organizations across Canada. Through their fundraisers, sock sales, and other events and initiatives, they work towards educating the public on the importance of mental wellness while donating money to mental health charities. She is also in her fourth year of commerce at Queen’s University, and when she graduates, she will be doing a summer start-up incubator program where she will be launching a business and is also working toward her life coaching certification.

Episode 9: Collaboration Over Competition ft. Naomi Porter

Naomi Porter is a 16-year-old serial entrepreneur, education reform advocate and public speaker from Los Angeles, California.  She is the C.E.O. of two businesses:  Spice it Up and Bright Futures. Naomi is a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout for launching EntrepreYOUership - a  project that widens youth access to entrepreneurial education. “You can do it too” is the tag line to encourage youth to see themselves as  entrepreneurs who can create a product or service, even when they are young.  Her team has provided entrepreneurial education to 250+ youth through 25+ virtual workshops. She


is also a Global Research and Design Intern for Girl Scouts of the USA through which she has lead national focus groups, hosted a TV show, and provided relevant content for youth.  

In today's episode, Naomi and Allene discuss the importance of collaboration when it comes to Entrepreneurship, along with both the thrills and challenges of it all. Listen to how Naomi started her first business when she was only 11 years old, and how it led her to explore more ventures, changing the world one step of a time.

Episode 10: Designing Your Own Future ft. Grace Ling

Grace Ling is a Designer at Electronic Arts and the Founder & Design Lead of the Design Buddies community (16K+ members). Outside of design and community building, she has her own art business and designs merchandise. She also creates content for social media and her blog to help students, designers, and community builders with a total following of 40K+. In the past, she designed and developed virtual reality games to train surgeons and to make education fun. She has also done over 60 speaking engagements on topics relating to design, career growth, networking, and personal branding. You can check out her work at https://grace-ling.com/


In this episode, Grace talks about how she completely changed her career path and landed a job at EA, while still a student, through determination and her own persistence in self-learning new concepts, while landing an internship almost solely through networking. Hear all about how she took her passion in art to create a design community and shape her exciting future. 

Episode 11: Exploring Scientific Research ft. Shriya Naidu

Shriya is a postgraduate in Neuro-psychology and currently works with IIT Gandhinagar on Outreach projects for Cognitive Science. Her past successful projects include the Brain Awareness Week in May 2020 with support from Dana foundation and International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and NeuroNovember 2020 - a collaborative event with Stimulus and Project Encephalon. She aims to make science available to communities and societies to encourage public health awareness and build curiosity in science. She is also a passionate environmentalist and conducts campaigns that help people adopt a low waste lifestyle.


In today's episode, Shriya discusses the lack of research and field exploration opportunities in subjects such as psychology or cognitive science. Listen to how Shriya tackles this topic through founding Stimulus, and how you can get involved in research now!

Episode 12: Amplifying Voices of POC ft. Grace Wang

Grace is a high-school senior from Texas. Through her passion in journalism, she founded Voices of POC, where she amplifies the voices of POC by sharing their stories. She has been a part of her school’s yearbook staff for three years, which is where she found her passion for journalism, as she really enjoys speaking with people. Whether that comes in the form of an interview or a conversation with friends, it brings her a lot of joy when she can connect with someone’s emotions and thoughts. A current goal of hers is to constantly shed light on the voices of minorities and uncover the ongoing racism in our communities.

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Listen to how Grace's interest in journalism led her to start Voices of POC, and find out how the conversations she's had with strangers has impacted her life, along with the importance of amplifying these voices through her work.

Episode 13: Building a Successful Nonprofit ft. Audrey

Audrey Pe (@audreyisabelpe) is a student at Stanford University and the founder and executive director of WiTech (@witechorg) — a nonprofit organization based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to break gender barriers and use tech to make a difference in society.

Her work with WiTech has garnered her recognition as a 2019 Global Teen Leader, 2020 Pinterest Council of Courage member, 2018 Zonta Young


Women in Public Affairs District awardee, 2019 Zonta Women in Technology Asia-Pacific District Scholar, Opportunity Desk 30 Under 30 Changemaker, 2020 Women in IT Advocate of the Year Finalist, and 2019 Women in Tech Global Aspiring Teen Award Finalist. A two-time TEDx, ASEAN and UN speaker, she has delivered over 30+ talks and has also been featured in local and international publications like Forbes, Esquire, and Elite Daily.

Find out what inspired Audrey to start WiTech, and how her passion for WiTech's mission led her to make her startup a success, with a reach of thousands of individuals from across the world. Learn about her experiences, her impact, and how you can also take the initiative to make an impact of your own!

Episode 14: Diving Deep Into Neuroscience ft. Chimanyi Balusu

Chinmayi Balusu is an undergraduate sophomore pursuing neuroscience and medical humanities at Columbia University. At 16 years old, she founded Simply Neuroscience, a global student-led non-profit organization dedicated to expanding interdisciplinary neuroscience and psychology education, outreach, and awareness for over 30,000 students worldwide. She is also a researcher with a background in neurodegeneration and is currently contributing to cognitive neuroscience and brain injury studies. For her work investigating the effects of a longevity compound on brain

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tissue in age-related diseases in mice, she was named an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist and the California Science and Engineering Fair's Student of the Year in 2019. Chinmayi is passionate about youth science communication, building inclusive spaces for women in STEM, mentorship, and public speaking. She is a Presidential Volunteer Sevice Award, Daily Point of Light Award, and Multiplying Good One in a Million Award recipient for her community service. 

Learn about how Chinmayi's once-small project turned into her biggest one yet, and how she is empowering people of all ages to further explore the world of neuroscience and psychology. Find out how you, too, can get involved, and how you can use your own passions to create change.

Episode 15: Changing the World Through Empathy ft. Tarina Ahuja

Tarina Ahuja is a freshman at Harvard who cares deeply about social justice and civil rights issues. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Young Khalsa Girls, a grassroots organization founded in 2012 with a mission of empowering young girls to serve their communities through selfless service and advocacy. She is also the co-founder and president of The Greater Good Initiative, a youth-led, youth-run, national policy think-tank working to write and advocate for policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the sectors of economy, public health, education, civil rights, and

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environment. She is the youth ambassador for the National Democratic Institute’s and Running Start’s DISRUPTHER program, an initiative envisioned to increase women’s political participation around the world. She was the youth keynote speaker at the Madeline Albright lunch and the Foreign Policy HerPower Summit in 2019. At Harvard, she currently serves as a representative on the Undergraduate Council (Harvard College’s Student Government), a representative on the Service to Society Council, and chair of the Institute of Politics CIVICS program.

Learn how Tarina utilizes her focus on empathy to make a real impact, and how she stays driven throughout all her work. Find out why she believes that youth are at the center of all this change, and how you can be a part of it all.

Episode 16: Founding a Thriving Company ft. Georgia Messinger

Georgia Messinger (she/her/hers) is a junior at Harvard studying psychology and computer science from Los Angeles, CA. She is the founder of two companies Trill Project, an anonymous social network for mental health peer support, and Girls Get IT, a computer science education and mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary elementary schoolers. She is also an early team member at Valance, a professional network for people of color, where she manages the Valence Funding Network to connect more Black founders with access to capital for their


companies. She is the daughter of immigrants, mixed-race, and a first generation student who deeply believes in using her education and experience in the world of social entrepreneurship to help others. All her work focuses on the intersection between social impact and technology. You can follow Georgia on Instagram @geoorgiaaa and Twitter @geomessinger. 

Learn about how she founded and manages two successful startups, and how she balances her academic work and entrepreneurial ventures at the same time. Find out what encouraged her to dive deep into entrepreneurship and create supportive communities.

Episode 17: Landing Your Dream Internship and Career ft. Stephanie Nuesi

Stephanie Nuesi is the CEO and Founder of Max Up, a career coaching firm whose mission is to maximize the potential of the future leaders of the nation. She has interned in various top accounting firms, tech companies and different banks in New York City and California. Stephanie is passionate about career coaching and public speaking. She has given over 100 workshops and events in 7 countries and has been guest speaker for companies like Wiley, The AICPA, UBS, and more. Stephanie has been featured on The Well, The CPA Journal, Josh Talks USA, and more. She has


helped over 1,000 students and professionals from all over the world with her company Max Up, where she provides career coaching and professional development strategies and resources to help them land their dream careers. Because of her passion to keep involved with the community, she was chosen as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.

Learn about how Stephanie went from barely being able to speak English as a newcomer to the U.S., to helping thousands of individuals in America land their dream careers, while also sharing her own story to the world at the same time.

Episode 18: Becoming a Recording Artist ft. ANON

ANON is a recording artist from the Bay Area, CA. She has been recording music for a little over 2 years and has been releasing her work on major platforms such as Apple & Spotify. She is a big advocate of self care and holistic wellness which has been a strong influence in her life as well as her music. She encourages emotional release to those listening to her work for the full experience. Her biggest goal as an artist is to bring healing to her audience through her music.


Find out how she completely changed her career path after taking time off school, eventually opting out completely, and instead pursuing her passion for becoming a music recording artist. In today's episode, ANON talks about how her main focus changed from graduating college and obtaining a 9-5 job, to finding the key to living her life to the fullest, free of burdens.

Episode 19: Tackling the Mental Health Stigma Through Film ft. Ella

At the age of only 19, Ella is the director of Broken Flames Productions, which is building a slate of mental health based projects, and has had her work selected for BAFTA accredited festivals and featured by various news outlets. She works as a mental health activist and is an ambassador for teen mental health charity stem4. She is campaigning for better representation of mental health in the media, and was awarded Positive Female Role Model Of The Year at the Darkus Magazine Awards. Her first short film Faulty Roots which she made when she was only 18, was nominated for Best Script by


Film The House which is run by Parliament and sponsored by Disney, Warner Bros, Lionsgate & more. Her animated short 'Dreary Days' premiered at Enimation film festival and was just selected for Monstra Film Festival, one of the biggest animation festivals. She is also working on a new film "Self-Charm" and "Smudged Smile."

In this episode, Ella talks about how her work spreads mental health awareness, along with how she first discovered her passion for film.

Episode 20: Becoming a Published Teen Author ft. Risha Chaurasia

Risha Chaurasia is a 14 year old author, blogger and literature advocate spreading positivity through writing from India.  She published 2 books so far, TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens.Her books are available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format. Her blog is called Straight From My Pen on Instagram. She is also a literature advocate and has advocated for the love of reading on both national and international platforms. Find her on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


In this episode, Risha takes you behind the scenes of writing and publishing novels by the age of 13, while also balancing a social life, academics, and running a blog on the side. Find out what her motivation is for reading and writing, along with the impact she strives to create through her work.

Episode 21: Battling Societal Expectations as Youth ft.  Fabiana Romain

At 16 years old, Fabiana Romain runs her own podcast called "Mind Uncovered", in which she explores how daily life situations affect the mind, brain, and mental health. Taking part in debate competitions made her realize the power of words, and she decided to use hers to spread awareness about one of the things she's passionate about, along with sharing that passion with others. She is also the founder and CEO of the Mind Uncovered Initiative, with the vision to have a world where young people care deeply about their minds and brains and are further interested in


issues related to them. Fabiana hopes to become a neurologist in the future, but for now, she hopes to major in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. She loves reading and writing and is hoping to publish a poetry book in the near future.

As teens, we all go through different struggles, but they're not always easy to battle on our own, whether it's about societal pressures and expectations or issues with mental health. Listen to how Fabiana's personal experiences as a high-school student have taught her how to battle these struggles and speak up about these topics through her own podcast. Find out how she believes we can come together to fight these stigmas and expectations, along with what her advice is for struggling youth out there.

Episode 22: Manifesting Your Dream Life ft. Judy Rina

Judy Rina ditched her 9-5 cubicle job in the finance world to answer a soul calling to live a life of freedom and passion. Today, she is a content creator and blogger and is passionate about helping others realize their true potential, and live in their purpose. She talks about manifesting goals, living your dream life, and becoming the best version of yourself all while sharing her own personal journey of creating a life filled with joy & purpose. When she is not working on her blog, she is helping her fiance run a multi-media


production company, called Pathfinder Productions. Together they're on a mission to make a positive impact on the world and the people around them through the art of content creation.

Find out how Judy's decision changed her entire life plan and mindset, leading her to help others use the power of their words and minds to carry out their own dream lives as well.

Episode 23: Defining Mental Health as A Physical Health ft. Anouska Saraf


Episode 24: Reinventing the Perception of STEM ft. Izzy Lapidus

Izzy is a rising-sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Computer Science and Education. Izzy is a prominent voice in the girls in STEM community, frequently delivering talks sharing her STEM story, encouraging her audiences to explore and pursue their own STEM passions. Since July 2020, Izzy has delivered and spoken on 30+ workshops and panels, reaching thousands of students worldwide. Izzy is passionate about using tech to story tell, express herself, and make the world a better place. She plans to use her CS degree to teach others how to code and develop


innovative approaches to CS education. As an intern in the American Museum of Natural History's astrophysics department in 2019-2020, Izzy's team discovered brown dwarf 2M2351B 66 light-years from Earth. Izzy is committed to completely reimagining the way we view STEM as a society.

Learn how Izzy ignited and explored her passions in astrophysics and computer science, along with her experiences in advocating for gender equality in STEM. Find out how she hopes to rebrand the view society has on this field, in addition to how you can contribute to this mission by exploring and sharing your STEM skills with the world.

Episode 25: Living a Life of Confidence ft. Kisha (Coach K) Simmons

Kisha “Coach K” Simmons mission is to enrich, equip and educate women with confidence to walk worthy in their calling. It’s been stated that  confidence is an important contributor to a person's performance. In business, confidence is the unlock to experiencing increased profits and potential. Personally, confidence will increase your self-esteem and assist in attracting positivity.

From customized “Confidence K.I.C.K.” workshops, Business Leadership training, K.I.C.K.start Business Intensives, International Retreats, Coaching,


Motivational segments, and Content-Driven Speaking Engagements, Coach K empowers each person to, KICKstart their confidence in order to increase Profits & Unlock Potential!

With 20+ years in Business Leadership, being recognized for People Development, increasing million dollar profits for multiple Fortune 500 brands, Coach K is the go to Confidence Coach to bring your business to the next level. She now shares her expertise and partners with others on her new talk show Getting Candid with Coach K.

Learn how Coach K overcame mental health challenges and used her experiences as inspiration to empower youth and help others live their lives with confidence. 

Episode 26: Advocating for Climate Justice ft. Heizal Nagginda

Heizal Nagginda is a climate and environmental activist from Uganda. She is the founder of Climate Operation, a youth led organisation whose mission is to educate Ugandan children and communities about climate change and its intersection with other social issues such as health and gender. Climate Operation also involves young people in climate related activism in the form of tree planting activities. Heizal is passionate about creating a more inclusive space where young people's voices are amplified and through Climate Operation's storytelling series, young people get to share


their experiences of how the climate crisis has not only impacted them but what they are doing to ensure that they advocate for a safer, cleaner, and fairer environment.

Learn how Heizal began and continues her advocacy work, and better understand the human impact that comes with climate change. Find out how youth can battle the climate crisis together.

Episode 27: Overcoming an Eating Disorder ft. Megan Larison

Megan Larison currently lives in Jersey City and graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 2020. She is completing a 2 year postdoctoral pharmaceutical industry fellowship focused in oncology and is serving as the co-chief fellow for her company. Megan is passionate about sharing her personal and professional experiences to relate with others who may be going through similar paths. Megan has been recovered from an eating disorder for over 3 years now


and feels stronger mentally and physically than ever. She believes mental health is just as important as physical health. Megan enjoys spending time with her dog, staying physically active and trying new restaurants in her free time.

Learn about Megan's struggles with an eating disorder and her incredible recovery journey, along with how her experience shaped her perspectives and mindset.

Episode 28: Navigating the Environmental Movement as POC ft. Samia Shell

Samia Shell is an environmental justice and human rights advocate as well as a fashion model. She is an incoming environmental law student at St. John’s University School of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in French from St. John’s University.

Samia manifests her passion for the environment and humanity through her studies and experience in international development, environmental


litigation and policy, climate change, food systems, and conservation. She is a member of YOUNGO, the Official Youth Constituency to the UNFCCC, and engages with several other environmental advocacy constituencies.

Her recent advocacy has focused on the global campaign for universal recognition of the human right to a healthy and sustainable environment, in addition to serving as a member of the Intergenerational Advisory Council for the Phoenix Consultation.

Learn about Samia's journey and perspective in advocating for environmental justice, along with how her passion for social equity ties into it all.

Episode 29: Educating Society About Climate Change ft. Iris Samputu

Iris Samputu AKA sustainability_bae (she/her) is a chemical engineer and climate change activist working towards climate change education and awareness. She's currently pursuing a MASc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa after graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry and a BASc in Chemical Engineering. For her MASc Iris is working on designing membranes for CO2 capture for post fuel combustion applications to make fossil fuels a viable energy source and reduce the already emitted CO2. Iris


also has an Instagram account @sustability_bae which she uses to help bridge the gap between activism and academia in climate change awareness and education.


Learn about Iris's journey within the climate change movement and how she works within the intersection between environmental awareness and education.

Episode 30: Uplifting Youth Through Technology ft. Abigayle Peterson

Abigayle Peterson is a 19 y/o Founder and CEO of Magnify Wellness,  an award-winning tech nonprofit whose mission is to ensure equal access to mental health support through outreach programs and technology. They are a mission to magnify one-million mental health resources! Recently, they were named Top 6 Global Health Innovations worldwide! Find out more here: magnifywellness.org


As a passionate mental health advocate, storyteller, and lover of tech, she has been featured on 30+ platforms through her speaking engagements. She also uses her experience as a published writer, mentor + mentee, undergraduate SWE intern at Bank Of America, and undergraduate AI researcher to help underrepresented groups in STEM find their voice.

Learn how Abigayle's past experiences led to her passion for battling the mental health stigma through technology and for empowering young minds in STEM.

Episode 31: Guiding Students to Educational Success ft. Marilyn Galiothe

Ms. Marilyn Galiothe is the Founder and Executive Director of Strive Survive Succeed, a community driven, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting East Bay underserved youth through scholarships, mentorship, college preparatory workshops and college campus tour.

Marilyn was brought up in a Haitian household where education was very important and taught to be powerful; after graduating from high school, Marilyn obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of California,


Santa Cruz with a major in Business Management Economics and completed her Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California with concentrations in Finance and International Management. In addition to operating Strive Survive Succeed, she is a finance professional at a Fortune 500 Company, active participant in multiple community service projects, a member of professional organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and an active component at her father’s church in Oakland.

During her collegiate career she accessed invaluable experiences and knowledge and she wants to see more of East Bay youth exposed to the same opportunity. With her own personal encounter with life’s unfortunate circumstances and understanding the importance of education it is her desire to take part and strive for a change. As a scholarship recipient herself, she wants to give the same chance that was provided to her during her high school and collegiate years.

Learn how Marilyn's experiences led to her journey with Strive Survive Succeed, and hear her advice about balancing work life with a personal life and tips on succeeding in college and beyond.

Episode 32: Bridging Gaps in STEM Education ft. Archika Dogra

Archika is a sophomore at Princeton University and the Founder of Innoverge, an international nonprofit empowering underrepresented and underserved youths with social impact-focused STEMxHumanities education. Innoverge has impacted 6,700+ youths in 14 countries and 54 locations, spanning 250+ free workshops, camps, and programs. Alongside educational outreach, Archika is passionate about the intersection of computer science and social innovation. She has previously interned under NASA, the University of Washington, and Sensoria Health, a bioinformatics


wearable technology startup. This summer, she worked for CityTaps, a Parisian startup building technologies to bring affordable running water to poor urban households in developing countries. Archika's work has been featured in Forbes and Geekwire and she has been recognized as a 2019 Global Teen Leader and Mars Generation 24 under 24 Leader in STEM.

Learn how Archika's STEM journey started and expanded, and how she now empowers thousands of youth to pursue this field.

Episode 33: Driving Change Through Passion ft. Mia Kotikovski

Mia Kotikovski is an experienced leader and serial entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector. She is skilled in non-profit organization management, communications, recruitment, social impact, and outreach. Mia has founded Cultured Kids Cuisine with the mission of fostering cultural awareness through food, and since its founding, has made a positive impact on over 1,700 children worldwide through their free services and resources. Aside from her role as the President and CEO of Cultured Kids Cuisine, she has also founded a biomedical engineering/public health non-profit, Makers for Change, aimed


to use 3D printing to bring medical supplies to underserved, marginalized communities. In addition to her entrepreneurial passions, she is also an avid clinical researcher, hospital volunteer, and public health advocate on her University campus.

In this episode, listen as Mia takes us through her journey utilizing her passion for food/cooking and public health to change the world, and find out how she managed to overcome significant obstacles and expand her work!

Episode 34: Serving Communities and Peers ft. Vivian Wang

Vivian Wang (@vvivianwang on Instagram) is an incoming freshman at Stanford University studying computer science, symbolic systems, and Spanish. In high school, Vivian served as a Student Advisory Board Member at the Los Angeles Times High School Insider. She dedicated her journalism pieces to write about mindfulness, self-care, and mental health. As a social entrepreneur by day and computer scientist by night, Vivian has been involved with the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, DHL Global Youth Volunteer Leadership Fellowship, TEDx, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Kode With Klossy, and Girls Who Code. She is also a


college admissions advisor who seeks to empower her advisees with meaningful college essay tips and strategies.

Over the past six years, Vivian has led her nonprofit organization, Linens N Love. Leading an organization comes with great responsibility and significant time commitment, so Vivian enjoys talking with youth leaders about the importance of recognizing burnout, avoiding micromanaging, and establishing a balanced life.

In this episode, learn how Vivian first started Linens N Love, along with how she continued to serve her community and balance her incredible work and projects as a high-school student.

Episode 35: Living Life to The Fullest ft. Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald is a podcast host and creative writer currently pursuing a degree in Psychology in downtown Toronto. Jessica's podcast, Human to Human was born out of meaningful conversations with best friends about navigating life in your 20’s. Jess often talks candidly on air about her dating experiences, therapy realizations, daily epiphanies, and the importance of trusting yourself. Through the uplifting community spaces Jess creates, she hopes to empower others to be their most genuine and authentic selves.


Learn how Jessica first started her podcast and how she grows and learns something new from each episode and experience she encounters. Find out how you, too, can stay true to yourself and live life to the fullest, straying from hustle culture.

Episode 37: Embracing Your Identity ft. Yasne Vismale

Yasna Vismale is a polymath: as the author of "Werk Your Net", a composer, a professional model, researcher, and undergraduate at Columbia University. Growing up between Seattle and New York, receiving grants to travel to various corners of the world, and being of Japanese and Afro-Caribbean descent, Yasna considers herself an international citizen. Through her ability to convey stories throughout various mediums and to different audiences, Yasna hopes to use her platform to inform, educate,


and inspire those around her to think critically about their ethical practices, expand their sense of compassion, and deepen their level of self-awareness and happiness to improve the quality of the human condition.

Yasna has been featured by McKinsey, “Best of Prezi,” LinkedIn, Moevir, Columbia Sports, is a Forbes under 30 scholar, Global Kraft Scholar, Coca Cola Scholar, Questbridge Scholar, and serves as a board member to the Columbia Alumni Association and Second Century of the Core to restructure Columbia’s curriculum.

Learn about how Yasna's identity, background, and various interests and work have shaped her and affected her experiences.

Episode 38: Expressing Yourself Through the Arts ft. Molly Smith

Molly Smith is a 19 year old writer and filmmaker. Her film “Dear America” voiced the frustration of her generation on the heels of the Parkland, FL school shooting and garnered national attention, a National Student Production Emmy in the PSA category, and the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression award. A storyteller first and foremost, Molly’s writing has been recognized with two Scholastic National Gold Medals, a top playwright under 24 designation from the Be Original Theatre Festival, and a National Student Production Emmy in the writing craft


category. Molly was named a 2020 Cameron Impact Scholar by the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation and attends Yale University studying writing and film.

In this episode, hear about where Molly's writing and film journey first began and how she navigates the film industry as a young woman, turning her ideas into reality.

Episode 39: Combatting Inequality in STEM ft. Maansi Nema

Maansi Nema is a freshman at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who loves both technology and business. She has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten, earning her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award. As a national Gold Award Girl Scout nominee, she has organized several STEM nights in her community with over 1,150 attendees and has reached over 25,000 people. By partnering with over 20 organizations such as Girls Who Code and Society of Women Engineers, she realized the powerful impact she was able to make in her community.


So to give other students the same opportunity, she founded STEM Without Boundaries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training high school students to host STEM nights by providing all the resources, funding, and mentorship. The nonprofit has been able to reach over 200,000 students worldwide and is a team of 50 high school and college students and adults.

Recognizing the importance of diverse voices in STEM fields, Maansi has led conversations in her community with the assistant superintendent and technology leaders for how schools can encourage girls to pursue STEM. Additionally, Maansi is the 2020 Young Woman of Distinction for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, treasurer of Novi Youth Council (the city’s student board), and a 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championship Chairman’s Presenter.

To further her interest in technology, in 2020 Maansi was selected to participate in Kode With Klossy, an organization which provides multi learning experiences that increase interest in STEAM at the intersection of technology and creativity for young women 13-18 across the country. Attending the program and interacting with her mentors and peers allowed her to connect with a powerful community of women.

Maansi has experience coding in Java, Python, HTML, CSS, and Javascript and is pursuing a computer science major at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering.  She is eager to learn about machine learning and artificial intelligence software and is curious to see how these technologies will shape our future. She cherishes creating connections with people and thrives by challenging herself to grow and reflect everyday. In the workforce, she hopes to bring her enthusiasm, background, and lived experiences to contribute to the technologies that are produced today.

Learn where Maansi's passion for both STEM and serving her community originated from, and how she now battles gender inequality in STEM by bringing free resources to students across the world.

In this episode, Anouska shares her experience with mental health and her journey exploring mental illness and neuropsychiatry, in addition to her knowledge on the subject. Learn how Anouska believes youth can fight back against the mental health stigma and battle mental health struggles of their own.

Anouska Saraf (she/her) is a rising Sophomore at UCLA majoring in Biology. She plans to pursue medicine and is passionate about increasing accessibility to science and education. She founded Speak Now: Mental Health Awareness Campaign at 15 to inform and educate young people in her community about mental illness, and was invited to give a TEDx talk at 17. She is also the Co-Founder of milkshakefrommars.blog, a platform that represents and celebrates women in STEM from all across the world. She also loves to write and be outdoors.

Episode 36: Blending Design and Emotional Intelligence ft. Rachel Weissman

Rachel Weissman is the Founder & CEO of Design To Be, a community for designers to grow their emotional intelligence, an EQ Coach, and a Meditation & Yoga Teacher. Most recently, she was an Interaction Designer at Google, working on Google Maps and Search. Outside of her role, she was an active contributor to the Google Maps UX Wellbeing Committee, improving the wellbeing of Google Maps UXers. She was also a gPause Meditation Teacher, a mindfulness community for Googlers. Prior to Google,

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she was a Senior Product Designer at Salesforce, the Co-founder & Chief Product Officer at Insights Abroad, an early-stage startup, and an Experience Designer at Digitas.

Rachel is also the host of the Design To Be Conversation podcast, a keynote speaker, who speaks at the intersection of design, emotional intelligence, and meditation, and an avid writer with a monthly newsletter, Imprint.

Learn about Rachel's design journey, along with the obstacles faced and lessons learned. Learn how she combines emotional intelligence and design in her projects and drives change through curiosity.